Rom. 12:12 What are we to be devoted to?
[“devoted” – to be committed to; persist or continue in; apply one’s self to in time, energy, thought, etc.].
[To be devoted to prayer means to continue consistently in talking with God about anything and everything we want to and should.].
Are you committed to, persistent in, zealously continuing in prayer?
Rom. 15:30-32 What did Paul urge these believers to do, and why
[“disobedient” – unbelieving Jews]. [“saints” – Jews in Jerusalem converted to Christ]. [“their company” – the Christians in Rome]. [“service” – the offering from the Gentiles for the Hebrew Christians to be delivered and distributed properly].
Have you ever striven (devoted serious effort and energy) together with anyone in your prayers to God, and why?
If so, when, and for what?
Eph. 6:18-20; Jude 1:20 How are they to pray?
[“in the Spirit” – under the control of and in the power of the Holy Spirit].
Because we are in a spiritual war with demonic forces (vss. 11-16), what are we to do, vs. 18?
Are you alert to spiritual warfare and praying for all the saints (Christians) as well as for at least one Christian worker who is in full-time evangelism to be bold and accurate in sharing the gospel, and why?
If you’re not, what will it take to motivate you to start doing so?
Phil. 4:6, 7 Instead of worrying (being anxious), what are we told to do?
What will be the result if we do this?
Do you pray about trying situations, difficult times, or various pressures?
How often do you apply this admonition to those situations? Why?
Have you experienced the promised result?
Col. 4:2-4 What are we told to do?
Are you alert (not sleepy or distracted) when you pray? If not, what can you do to not be distracted or sleepy?
How much does an attitude of thanksgiving permeate your prayer life, and why?
What were they to pray at the same time for, and why?
[“mystery” in Greek is “musterion” – meaning, “a previously unrevealed truth”].
Are you asking God to open doors for other Christians to be able to share the gospel clearly with those who have yet to hear? Why, and when?
1 Thes. 5:17, 18 How are we to pray?
[“without ceasing” – This adverb does not have the connotation/idea of an uninterrupted action but rather of a constantly recurring prayer; a life pervaded with prayer. It’s the Greek word “adialeiptos”, meaning “continually”. It’s that of maintaining continuous, conscious fellowship with God as much as possible, in which concentration is frequently broken.].
Why are we to give thanks in everything (every circumstance of life), also see Rom. 8:28?
In how much do you give thanks, and why?
1 Thes. 5:25 What does Paul request?
Do you ever ask others to pray for you? If so, when, and why?
Do you really follow through and pray for those whom you say you will when they ask you to pray for them?
If not, why?
2 Thes. 3:1, 2 For what does Paul ask their prayers?
[“glorified” – honored by people believing the gospel].
Are you praying for any or for a group of Christian workers to be delivered from perverse (obstinate/corrupt) and evil people? If so, how often?
1 Tim. 2:1-4 What does Paul urge to be made on behalf of all (types of) people?
[“All”, here, means all kinds, types, or classes of, as the Greek word “pas” when used without the article in Greek has this meaning (e.g., 1 Tim. 6:10), or it can mean all of a certain kind (e.g., Jn. 12:32, “all believers”).].
[“Entreaties” are petitions for the fulfillment of certain, definite needs which are keenly felt. Requests made in light of this or that concrete situation in which God alone can furnish the help that is needed.].
[“Prayers” is a more general term, meaning every form of reverent address directed to God].
[“Petitions” is intercession; pleading in the interest of others].
What are some of these types of people?
Why pray for them?
Are you praying for world leaders, your president, cabinet members, Congress, governor, mayor, judges, etc.?
Why, and how often?
What does God think about this (vs. 3)?
And what does God desire of all “types of” people (e.g., Rev. 5:9; 7:9)?
Are your prayers toward this end, and why?
1 Tim. 2:5-8 What did Paul want?
[“Men” is the Greek word “andras”, meaning “males”. – In order and manner of worship, the custom prevailing in the synagogue was followed as far as possible, including the idea that men should lead in prayer. And the women should pray as Hannah did in 1 Sam. 1:13, i.e., silently.].
[“every place” – place of public worship wherever congregations assembled].
[“pray” – in the broadest sense, including every form of invocation mentioned in 2:1].
How were these men to pray?
[Different positions of arms, hands, and the body as a whole are indicated in Scripture. All of these are permissible as long as they symbolize different aspects of the worshipper’s reverent attitude, and as long as they truly interpret the sentiments of the heart.].
[“lifting up hands” – it can be a metonymy (a figure of speech) meaning “pray” or a symbol of utter dependence on God and of humble expectancy – Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament, “1 Timothy”, p. 45].
[“holy hands” – with no unconfessed sins in their lives, Psa. 24:3, 4 (not having sinful attitudes or actions prior to or while praying that are not dealt with before praying)].
[“without wrath and dissension” – without contentious quarreling against another person; men not characterized by outbursts of temper and disputing, especially with those he is leading in prayer].
Do you ever pray while in your mind/heart you have anger or a feisty, quarreling attitude?
If so, how did you deal with it?
Heb. 4:15, 16 What are we told to do (vs. 16)?
Why (vs. 15)?
For what reason should we do so (vs. 16)?
[“mercy” – God’s relieving of our miseries when our weaknesses, temptations, or sins seem overwhelming].
[“grace” – undeserved favor].
Is this your attitude for coming to God in prayer? Why?
Heb. 13:15 Through Christ, what should we offer up to God, and how often?
Are you praising (acknowledging and expressing in admiration) God for His attributes (e.g., His love, mercy, grace, sovereignty, holiness, justice, patience, faithfulness, forgiveness, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, eternality, infiniteness, etc.) and works (e.g., creation of the universe, plan of salvation for sinners, etc.)?
If so, how often, and why?
Jas. 5:14-18 What should a person who is sick because of repeated, unconfessed sin in his/her life let the elders whom he/she calls for do (vs. 14)?
[“anointing” – pouring, rubbing, or spreading on].
[“oil” – a religious symbolic practice to represent the healing power of God].
[“in the name of” – in trustful dependence on Christ and His authority – Dr. D. E. Hiebert].
What will restore the one who is sick (when done by these righteous elders), vs. 15?
[“has committed sins” – is a periphrastic perfect verb, meaning, repeated/persistent occasions in the past of sinning; being in a state of unconfessed sin].
What should the person who wants to be healed do (vs. 16)?
[If sin is the cause of the sickness, then God will raise him up. The healing is not necessarily instant, but it will be complete.].
What can accomplish much?
Are your prayers effective?
If not, maybe it’s because you’re not righteous as a daily practice of your life.
PRAYER INFORMATION FROM THE EPISTLES
2 Cor. 1:8-11 What had the prayers of these Christians at Corinth joined in helping Paul and Timothy in?
What does Paul say may happen by many people as a result of their being delivered, and why?
When God answers your prayers for others, do you (along with any others who have been praying for the same thing or person) give thanks to God?
How often do you thank God for an answer to prayer in contrast to how often you asked Him for that prayer, and why?
2 Cor. 13:7-9 What did Paul and Timothy pray to God (vs. 7)? And why?
What else did they pray for (vs. 9)?
[complete – restored to a harmonious and efficient functioning together, as church members of Christ’s body].
Have you ever prayed for a splintered Christian group to be reunified and functioning together harmoniously again?
Why did you pray for that?
2 Thes. 1:3 Why should Paul, Timothy, and Silvanus always give thanks to God for these Christians at Thessalonica?
Do you always give thanks to God for anybody? If so, for what reason?
If not, why?
2 Thes. 2:13 Again, why should they always give thanks to God for these Christians?
Are you always thanking God for Christians you know and have worked with just because God chose them for salvation? If not, why?
1 Tim. 4:4, 5 Why is everything created by God good, and not to be rejected if it’s received with gratitude?
[“sanctified” – set apart for holy use; because it is being acknowledged as God’s gift and partaken of as nourishing one’s life for God’s service].
[“word of God” – God declared it so – Gen. 1:31; Rom. 14:6, 14; 1 Cor. 10:25, 26; Acts 10:14, 15].
[“prayer” – thanks to God for the food and the energy derived from it to serve the Lord sets it apart for holy use].
Do you thank God in prayer for the food you eat and the energy gained from it to serve the Lord, and why?
[“everything” – does not include things that were part of God’s curse in Gen. 3:17, 18, such as: poison mushrooms and berries, “cannabis”/marijuana, etc.].
Heb. 7:22-25; Rom. 8:34 What does Jesus always live to do for those who draw near to God through Him?
What do you think Jesus intercedes for us about (e.g., 1 Jn. 2:1; Rev. 12:10)?
How do you feel about Jesus interceding for you regarding your sins and His paying for them with His blood so that you’re forgiven for them all if you’ve trusted in Him as your Savior, and why do you feel that way?
Jas. 1:2-8 If you lack wisdom in dealing with a particular trial or test, what should you do?
And what will God do?
How should we ask for wisdom?
What will happen if we don’t ask for wisdom in faith, but are double-minded?
Has God given you wisdom to deal with your problems when you asked Him?
Jas. 4:2, 3 Why don’t we have certain things?
Even when we ask, why do we still not receive certain things?
Are you getting the things in life that you ask God for?
If not, why do you think that is?